In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Tag Archives: Lee Marvin
Sinister Cinema: Tussling Atop Pulps
Last week John Locke brought us the first installment of Pulps in the Movies (!), featuring Fight Stories. How about another one? “I actually have 250+ of these screen grabs,” John says. “New ones turn up in proportion to the … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Lit Tagged A-No. 1, Detective Fiction Weekly, Emperor of the North, John Locke, Lee Marvin, Pulps in the Movies, Western Story
Rediscovered: ‘Bo Writin’ on the Wall
Image: Ernest Borgnine as Shack the railroad bull vs. Lee Marvin as the legendary hobo A -No.1 in Robert Aldrich’s Emperor of the North — a definitive hobo/train cinematic statement. Brutal. Most people I’ve met have never heard of this … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Lit, News Tagged A-No. 1, Autographs, Brian Leno, Emperor of the North, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Black, Jim Tully, Lee Marvin, Robert Aldrich, Sapping Day
Hammett: It’s Greek to Me
Photo courtesy Becky Dawidziak — featuring her dad Mark Dawidziak, of Jim Tully biography fame — shot for a class project to take a picture on the two-word theme Proof Reading. I think she nailed it. Thanks, Becky. I just crawled out … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, News Tagged Anne Ferguson, Becky Dawidziak, Edwin Ware, Jim Tully, John D. Haefele, Lee Marvin, Mark Dawidziak, Sue Montgomery, The Midget Bandit, Warren Harris, Wilmer Cook
Sinister Cinema: What Ever Happened to Lee Van Cleef?
Okay, you keystroke the term Spaghetti Western, you’re pretty much going to start thinking about Lee Van Cleef. How could you not? After prepping the post about La Cuidad Maldita, Van Cleef’s image drifted to mind, one thing led to another, and … Continue reading
Sinister Cinema: Fort Point
As I just mentioned, when Evan/Dave Lewis came to town I showed him and his wife around for a few hours, witnessed by the shot above. Fort Point, under the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Classic noir locale. … Continue reading
Posted in Film, Frisco Tagged Alcatraz, Bogie, Dark Passage, Dave Lewis, Evan Lewis, Fort Point, Golden Gate Bridge, High Anxiety, Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak, Lady from Shanghai, Lee Marvin, Mel Brooks, Point Blank, Vertigo
The week before I watched The Pope of Greenwich Village on the anniversary of Charles Willeford’s death, my pal Leo Grin happened to be on a trip to Washington, D.C. Leo is known for the great Robert E. Howard magazine The Cimmerian, … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, REH, Willeford Tagged Adam Baldwin, Arlington, Big Hollywood, celebrity graves, Chuck, Human Target, Joe Louis, Lee Marvin, Leo Grin, The Barbaric Triumph, The Cimmerian, The Pope of Greenwich Village